Decision-making with multiple chronic conditions is complex

Why Use Patient Priorities Decisional Guidance

Decision-making for older adults with multiple chronic conditions is complex because:

  • They vary in their combination of health and life conditions
  • They vary in their health priorities
  • The benefits of many interventions are uncertain or modest
  • Their health care often becomes burdensome (for both patients and clinicians)
  • Their health care doesn’t always achieve the outcomes that matter most
  • Disease-by-disease decisions can be cumbersome, conflicting and potentially harmful
  • There is usually no right answer

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